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Industrial Politics and the 1926 Mining Lock-out

by Alan Campbell

Industrial Politics and the 1926 Mining Lock-out Synopsis

Industrial Politics is a significant contribution to the social and political history of the industrial working class in 1926, drawing on new methodological perspectives that have emerged in recent years relating to the study of labour. The seven-month national mining lock-out of 1926 was one of the most important industrial disputes of the twentieth century. It came to symbolize the defeat of the labour movement in the interwar years, casting a long shadow over industrial relations in the mining industry, and epitomizing the predicament of British miners in the early decades of the century. However, despite its massive impact on the lives of so many, unlike the General Strike, the 1926 lock-out has attracted relatively little scholarly interest. Industrial Politics provides a comprehensive survey of the lock-out at national, regional and local levels, utilizing archive sources and newly-accessible documents. In addition to a full historical overview and chronology, individual chapters consider the contexts for the lock-out, ranging from the crisis of 1926 to the unions and the owners, offer regional perspectives from north and south Wales, Scotland and Lancashire, and examine specific themes such as gender and community, policing and public order, and the communist party.

Industrial Politics and the 1926 Mining Lock-out Press Reviews

'This volume of essays provides a welcome contribution to our understanding of the history of the miners between the wars. It is scholarly and judicious, but often passionate, disputatious and eloquent...' Tribune This volume offers a detailed study of one of the major disputes in twentieth-century British history. The thirteen contributions provide a comprehensive survey of the lockout at national, regional and local levels. International Review of Social History Vol. 51 Part 3 This is a book that celebrates defiance and resistance but which also concentrates upon strategic questions at the heart of making and remaking the working class. Nothing could be timelier, either in Britain or here in Australia. Robert Bollard, Victoria University, Labour History, Number 91

Book Information

ISBN: 9780708318201
Publication date: 2nd September 2004
Author: Alan Campbell
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Social & cultural history, Mining industry,

About Alan Campbell

Keith Gildart is Professor of Labour and Social History at the University of Wolverhampton.

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